Flickr Statistics, User Count, & Facts (September 2023)

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About Flickr

  • Flickr was founded by: Stewart Butterfield, Caterina Fake.
  • Year Flickr was founded: 2004 (18 years ago).
  • Flickr’s website:
  • Flickr’s parent company: SmugMug.
  • Flickr headquarters: San Francisco.
  • Flickr traffic: 60 million users per month

What is Flickr?

Flickr is a photo-sharing website where users can upload, share, and tag photos. Flickr allows users to upload photos and videos, and organize them into albums. Users can also add tags to their photos, and use these tags to search for photos.

Flickr Photo Statistics

  • Total number of photos shared under the Creative Commons license: over 500 million.
  • Number of photos uploaded daily: 25 million photos.
  • Number of photos shared daily: 3.5 million.
  • Total number of photos shared: 10 billion.
  • Most popular cameras: Apple (54%), Canon (23%), Nikon (18%).

Flickr Users

  • Number of monthly users: over 60 million monthly users.
  • Total number of users: over 112 million.
  • Number of countries users come from: 72 countries.
  • Popularity by countries: USA (31.03%), UK (9.83%), Germany (5.26%), France (4.62%), Canada (4.17%), others (45.09%).
  • Gender distribution: male (60.73%), female (39.27%).
  • Age distribution:
    • 18–24: 19.62%
    • 25–34: 28.21%
    • 35–44: 18.98%
    • 45–54: 14.27%
    • 55–64: 11.03%
    • 65+: 7.89%

Flickr Apps

  • App Store: Flickr app. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Rating 4.5/5.0 stars from 11,900 reviews.
  • Google Play: Flickr app. Rating 4.2/5.0 stars from 27,400 reviews. Over 1 million downloads.

Sources: (Wikipedia)(Similarweb)(Flickr)

Flickr History & Acquistions

  • February 10, 2004: Flickr is launched in Vancouver by Swewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake.
  • March 20, 2005: Yahoo! acquires Flickr for between $22 million and $25 million.
  • June 26, 2005–July 2, 2005: All content is migrated from Canadian to United States servers.
  • May 16, 2006: Flickr upgrades it services from beta to gamma status, regarding the softare release life cycle.
  • December 13, 2006: Upload limit for free account is increased from 20 MB to 100 MB per month. Upload limits are removed from Flickr Pro account, from previously 2 GB limit per month.
  • January 31, 2007: Flickr forces “Old Skool” members to associate their account with Yahoo!’s.
  • May 3, 2007: Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Photos is shutting down on 20 September, 2007, encouraging users to move to Flickr.
  • April 9, 2008: Paid subscribers can upload videos up to 90 seconds or 150 MB in size.
  • July 13, 2008: Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield announces his resignation, following that of his wide a day earlier. They resign because they don’t like Yahoo’s management of Flickr.
  • March 2, 2009: Flickr adds support for HD videos, start allowing free users to upload SD videos.
  • March 11, 2009: Flickr and Getty Images announce a partnership for selected users to submit their stock photos and receive payment.
  • May 2009: Pete Souza, a White House photographer, starts releasing White House photos to Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution. Flickr later added “United States Government Work” license.
  • 16 June, 2010: Flickr users can mark which images can be used for stock photography themselves.
  • May 20, 2013: Flickr redesigns the website, introducing “Justified View” layout and “infinite scrolling”. They also add 1 TB of free storage for all users and update the Android app.
  • March 11, 2014: Getty Images announces the termination of the partnership with Flickr after 6 years.
  • March 25, 2014: A new interface design, Flickr’s New Photo Experience, leaves beta.
  • March 30, 2015: Flickr adds Creative Commons Publich Domain Mark and Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licenses.
  • May 7, 2015: Yahoo! redesigns the Flickr site, reintroduces Camera Roll, makes Uploadr available for Windows, Macs, and mobile devices.
  • June 13, 2017: Verizon Communications acquires Yahoo!, including Flickr.
  • April 20, 2018: SmugMug acquires Flickr. Reduces Flickr’s 1 TB storage plan for free users to 1,000 pictures, however, never follows through with the execution.
  • May 2019: SmugMug announces migration of Flickr data from Yahoo’s server to Amazon Web Services, including over 100 million accounts and billions of files.
  • May 22, 2019: A 12-hour transition of the server migration.

Flickr FAQs

Is Flickr still popular?

Flickr is still one of the most popular sites worldwide. It is ranked top 400 globally, top 290 in USA, and top 2 in its category (photography). Even in 2022, Flickr gets up to 60 million visit per month.

How many photos are posted on Flickr each day?

In 2022, up to 25 million photos are uploaded to Flickr daily; however, that number fluctuates significantly. By some reports, Flickr get only 1.7 million uploads per month. However, Flickr hasn’t released official numbers for over 5 years.

How many active users does Flickr have?

As of 2022, Flickr has over 112 million registered users and 60 million active users. The active users are counted as those who come to Flickr at least once a month.

What country uses Flickr the most?

Flickr is the most used in USA, representing 31% of all Flickr’s traffic. It is followed by UK with almost 10% and Germany just over 5%. The majority of all Flickr users (45%) comes from other countries.

Do professional photographers use Flickr?

Most of Flickr users are amateurs or semi-professionals. True professionals don’t use Flickr due to the lack of opportunity to sell their work, so they prefer to build their own website portfolios.

How does Flickr make money?

Flickr makes all of its revenue from advertising and by collecting subscriptions from Pro users. Since it has been acquired by SmugMug, we know very little about Flickr’s revenue.


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